Public Record Office Victoria holds thousands of record series which relate to civil cases and other non-criminal court hearings in Victoria, such as divorce, insolvency, probate close probate Definition A legal process or document that validates a will after someone dies, and authorises an executor for their estate. and other matters.

Follow the links below to identify the type of record you’re looking for.       

 

What do I need to know before I start?

Any of the following information is useful:

  • the name of the parties involved (people, companies, government bodies or other organisations) 
  • the type of case or the purpose of the court hearing
  • an approximate year that the hearing took place
  • the locality of the court which heard the case.

 

The pages linked below describe how to use these pieces of information to identify a specific case file or other record relating to a court hearing.

 

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(1861-1941) Record Series Number (VPRS): 5335, 552, 283
Records of bankruptcy hearings in Victoria
Record Series Numbers (VPRS): 267, 5328, 277, 5332, 15145
Record Series Number (VPRS): 31, 259, 282, 793, 792, 257 and 12025
(1841-2014) Record Series Number (VPRS): 28, 17379, 7591, 7592, 7933